Exercise Physiology

Degree: Master's of Science in Exercise Physiology
Major: Exercise Physiology

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The mission of the graduate Exercise Physiology Program at Florida State University is to conduct research, train students to generate and apply knowledge, and to provide public service in the areas of exercise and human performance. Today’s interest in healthy lifestyles is translating into a remarkable range of career opportunities related to diet, fitness, and health. Florida State University’s leading-edge programs in Exercise Physiology are preparing students to pursue a wide variety of health-related careers through a series of rigorous courses in each program that provides a firm foundation plus essential scientific and technical knowledge and practical skills. Targeted coursework allows students to learn the professional, technical, and interpersonal aspects of their career.


(Note: Starting Fall 2017, students have the option to take the undergraduate Exercise Physiology leveling course the first semester of their graduate program.) Satisfactory grades must be earned in all prerequisite courses; minimums greater than a C are listed by the course. The required prerequisite undergraduate courses for the Master's in Exercise Physiology program are:

  • Science of Nutrition (B minus or better)
  • Chemistry I + Lab
  • Anatomy & Physiology I + Lab (C+ or better)
  • Exercise Physiology

Admissions Requirements

  1. An upper-division undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The same scale applies for graduate-level work.
  2. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university.
  3. Prerequisites must be completed before you enter the program; applicants that have not completed all prerequisites as per transcripts submitted (or cannot prove that he/she will complete the courses prior to completing their current degree) will be denied admission. Please visit individual program pages for prerequisite requirements.
  4. A competitive Graduate Record Examination revised General Test (GRE) score; recommended score of above the 50th percentile (approximately 150) in both verbal and quantitative sections with a 4.0 or higher on the writing section. Please note that it can take up to ten (10) days after sitting for the GRE for an official score report to be sent to the university.
  5. International students must have an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) to meet university requirements. Our department does not accept other English proficiency examinations (i.e. IELTS).
  6. A visit to the department is encouraged. Please contact us at nfes_gs@fsu.edu to schedule your visit. Before you submit your online application and pay the application fee, you should directly contact graduate faculty members in your area of interest to determine availability and recommend experiences and qualifications regarding mentorship in internships, practica, research and other hands-on experiences.

Attainment of these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Admission decisions are based on assessments of all aspects of the student’s application materials. The department reserves the right to increase standards if warranted by enrollment limitations and by the number and quality of applicants. Financial aid is a separate process from the admission to a graduate program. Other requirements, outside of the admissions application, must be met to qualify for an assistantship.

Application Process & Deadlines

Only complete applications will be reviewed. This program admits in the fall (April 1 application deadline) and spring (October 1 application deadline) semesters. All application materials must be received by the deadlines posted. However, in order to be considered for an assistantship, admissions applications should be completed earlier (February 1 for fall and July 1 for spring).

  1. Apply Online and pay the application fee.
    • Upload a personal statement (a.k.a. statement of purpose) outlining your research interests and career goals. Include how your background and prior training make you a good candidate; why Florida State University is a good fit for you. We strongly encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with the research interests of the faculty in Revised 7-2015 their area of specialization. In the statement, please indicate your top choices of faculty members with whom you would like to work.
    • Upload a resume or vita (information should be current).
    • Upload contact information for three recommenders. The recommenders should be professionals you have worked with who are familiar with your academic performance and can speak directly about your qualification for this degree. Academic recommendations are preferred, but relevant professional recommendations will be accepted. No personal recommendations or letters from peers will be accepted.
  2. Submit official test scores (GRE and, if required, TOEFL) to the FSU Office of Admissions. The school reporting code for test scores is 5219; no department code is required.
  3. Submit official transcripts (with translations if necessary) to the FSU Office of Admissions. We require transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended (even if those courses are posted to another institution’s transcript).

Please allow a minimum of ten (10) business days for the Office of Admissions to process your incoming materials.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact us at nfes_gs@fsu.edu.


  1. All admitted master’s students are assigned to the non-thesis track. If after the first semester you are in good academic standing and have the support of your temporary advisor, you may apply to be switched to the thesis track.
  2. For excellent master’s students, a bypass to the Ph.D. degree may be possible based on academic performance during the first year of study.